Gulf Traffic Conference to address Qatar and the region's road-safety record
- United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, October 17 - 2012 at 13:37
- PRESS RELEASE
With the aim of improving the region's road-safety track-record, the Gulf Traffic conference is expected to attract more than 3,000 transport industry professionals and government agencies from across the Middle East. The conference is expected to take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre between 19th -21st November 2012.
The conference will contribute towards the development of data strategies and intelligence for the improvement of road safety, while identifying innovative ways to increase pedestrian safety and addressing key challenges in the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
With the aim of improving regional transportation infrastructure, an impressive $121.3bn worth of road and bridge projects are already underway or being planned in the Gulf. $17bn worth of road projects has been secured in Qatar in the lead up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Recent studies by Qatar University show that Qatar has the world's highest traffic accident fatality rate relative to its population. According to statistics from the National Committee for Traffic Safety, the number of vehicles in Qatar grew by more than 130% while road traffic accidents (RTAs) increased by 160%. In 2010, the World Economic Forum ranked 44th out of 133 countries in terms of road quality.
Richard Pavitt, Exhibition Director commented, "Road safety is cited as a key priority in the National Development Strategy 2011-2016. By highlighting and resolving issues concerning traffic safety and security, we are able to compliment Qatar's existing holistic safe-system approach and extensive awareness campaigns. We invite Qatar's decision makers and government organizations to join the entire region in benefiting from the extensive expertise and latest strategies and technology in road safety and congestion management."
Alternating each year between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Gulf Traffic is the only dedicated event for the road, public transport and parking sectors. The event brings together more than 100 exhibitors, who are involved in the design, build, and maintenance of the region's road, rail, parking and public transport projects. Now in its ninth edition, Gulf Traffic is endorsed by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and is supported by the Abu Dhabi Police, Saaed, the Law Respect Culture Bureau, and ITS Arab.
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